The team behind Dirty Dishes, a heartfelt short drama, is seeking support for their boosted crowdfunding campaign. 

Written, directed and produced by Palmerston North member Arka Gupta, this short film follows teenager Max who begins re-evaluating the relationship with his single mother after he has a sudden encounter with his estranged father.  

Arka’s previous short, Distancing, was recognised internationally at various film festivals. After moving to Palmerston North to undertake a PhD at Massey University, Arka became heavily involved in the theatre community. Speaking to Stuff, he outlined his decision to take on a sole director role following Distancing

“Because I…was doing 20 different things at once, I couldn’t direct my actors as much as I wanted to. The director should be the one just to collaborate, he or she should be open to collaboration.”

Dirty Dishes aims to bring attention to the film and wider art community of Palmerston North as it features a local crew. 

There will be a public fundraiser at the Hancock Community House, Palmerston North, from 4 to 6 pm on Mar 26 where the cast will perform a scene from the script.

Help bring Arka’s vision to life. Learn more about the project and donate here.

Last updated on 18 March 2022